During pregnancy I had a major sweet tooth! Now, after the baby, that sweet tooth just won’t go away. The battle between sugar and the gym are really starting to hate each other. I had to turn to some...
SMB was just introduced to a healthy, chocolate, organic drink from Detox Organics. This is a dietary supplement that will help aid in digestion and give you a healthy elimination of harmful toxins while supporting overall wellness and vitality. The...
Whether you're celebrating an occasion or just enjoying some time at the pool, sangria is a perfect summer addition. Here's a sweet recipe to keep you cheers-ing all summer long. Ingredients: 1.5 L red wine (cabernet sauvignon, merlot, zinfandel, etc.) Try...
Summer is in full swing, the temps are heating up (115 last weekend, yikes) and the kids are already sooo bored. Ugh.  We are here to help you survive summer! Take a look at the SMB Guide to Surviving Summer...
I guess you could say that making a cheesecake is a labor of love. But why settle with ordinary cheesecake when you can have one with a hidden surprise? So I give to you ... Hidden Caramel Pecan Cheesecake...
Know what's wicked? AZ summers. She been sayin' it for 4 years, and Mama ain't gettin' tougher. #preggo #dueinAugust #wasntthinking But know what's wicked yummy?  Summer BBQ's!! And not like healthy, skinny people, I'll-just-stick-with-the-veggie-tray BBQ's.  We're talking YOLO BBQ's. Burgers and dogs on white buns, potato salad,...
Last year I tried to dye our Easter eggs using natural everyday ingredients and they turned out pretty blah. It was a total Pinterest fail. My kiddos had fun stirring the pots and putting the eggs in the jars,...
Happy New Year! I'm back with some Meatless Monday recipe ideas for winter. That's right, it's actually cold in Scottsdale and I'm thrilled because I love warm and cozy meals made in slow cookers, baked in casserole dishes or...
It is my hope that this post will save you time scrolling Pinterest to find a manageable rolled sugar cookie recipe to decorate cookies for the holidays. A cookie that 1. doesn't lose its shape 2.doesn't call for bizarre ingredients 3....
Big welcome to Rochelle! She is another new contributor of ours, a mom of three sharing her love of parenting and life in the Valley of the Sun.  I incorporated Meatless Mondays into our dinner routine almost a year ago...
I LOVE sharing new finds, especially new things that make cooking and everything I do in the kitchen easier. Here are three of my new favorite kitchen hacks: OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Containers. These things are amazing! I am THE WORST at buying too many...
No one is interested in turning on the oven or lighting up the grill during an Arizona summer. Here are some of our favorite simple summer recipes.
Happy Friday! I'm Jenny, and I'm the latest SMB Contributor to participate in the Friday Favorites series. In case you missed the last few, this is where we contributors talk about a few of our favorite products, places, recipes, etc....
The question of "what's for dinner?" haunts me nightly. Rushing home from work, grabbing the kids, heading to after-school activities - dinner can seem like an endless chore, especially when I haven't made it to the store that day...
I am all about some shamrock shaped sugar cookies with green sprinkles to celebrate the Luck O’ The Irish…but in recent years I found a recipe I love. Please note that this treat is for all of you PARENTS.  This...
I love making an indulgent, yummy breakfast for Christmas morning. Christmas music is playing, the kids open all of their presents by 6am and are busy with their new toys. We have nothing to do but relax and spend time...
If you are planning Thanksgiving for the first time (or the tenth!), it can be a little overwhelming to find recipes. A quick search on Thanksgiving recipes brings up over 36,200,000 results. Well, I'm sharing with you my tested...
Cooler temps, I just laaaaaaaahve you!! The sappy, googly-eyed, all-in, head over heels, Taylor Swift meets Nicholas Sparks kind of LOVE. And after October 14th handed me 102 degrees - at 34 weeks pregnant - those feelings only deepened. It's weird, too.  3 years ago, I...
Sponsored post: A WonderVeg Vegetable Spiralizer was provided at a discounted rate to the contributor in exchange for her review. But all opinions are her own.  Try the new trend of spiralizing veggies for a healthy alternative to pasta. I have been...
As a personal chef, I spend a lot of time preparing and serving healthy and delicious gourmet food to my clients. Since time is money, I have become extremely adept at preparing food in the most efficient manner possible...
What?!? That is right, ladies. This one is for you (and the kids, too, I suppose). Meet my new best friend... Yonanas! It stalked me all hot, summer long during my "favorite" errand of super-sized grocery shopping with kids in...
Did you know August 2 is National Ice Cream Sandwich Day? Now anyone that knows me knows that I L-O-V-E ice cream in all forms and flavors. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to celebrate this most wonderful of holidays....
Over the years, I have gotten used to being “the new girl.” When I was younger, my family moved quite a few times. Now that I am older, due to my husband’s job, we have a few cities under...
  One of my favorite toddler snacks is homemade mini muffins.  Small enough to fit into tiny hands, "toddler muffins” make great finger foods for little ones. They’re portable- toss a couple in a baggie and you’ve got a snack for the...

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When I was pregnant with my firstborn, a July baby, I remember distinctly craving a frosty margarita. Cool, refreshing and just the right balance of sweet and sour. I learned how to concoct many a tasty mocktail creation that...
Our family eats a lot of salads during the summer. I’m fortunate that my three-year-old loves salad. Other vegetables are a challenge, but for some reason he likes salad. Cobb salads have always been my favorite at a restaurant, but...
With the temperatures rising in AZ, I have zero desire to turn my oven on. One of my favorite meals to make when avoiding the added heat to my kitchen is chicken salad. I love that this meal is...
My husband and I have been eating healthier. Cutting out the carbs. And trying to eat as clean as possible. Basically we have been eating a modified Paleo diet. It has been great, but....we have three children. And I have to...
American Heritage Chocolate is at the top of the charts when it comes to their expertise in the chocolate business. For more than 100 years, MARS Chocolate North America has made the world’s most beloved chocolates. American Heritage Chocolate is based on historic...
        Can you feel it?! Summer is coming and there is not much we can do to stop it. In our house, we gave up fighting the inevitable and turned on the air conditioner a few days ago. This also means...

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After the strangest summer ever, we are all loving the {almost} Fall vibes out there. Take advantage of all the things to do and...
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